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VNCI INCORPORATES OPTIVISION'S MPEG VIDEO PRODUCTS FOR LAN/WAN.

Optivision, Inc. and Video Network Communications, Inc. (VNCI), a provider of desktop video communications, have completed a systems integrator agreement for supply of Optivision's network-attached MPEG video products for both LAN and WAN applications.

VNCI will incorporate Optivision's MPEG video-over-IP capabilities into a video network solution optimized for both streaming and downloadable distance-learning as well as business video applications. Specific to the education arena, the seamless integration of these complementary products will provide schools with a broad range of network configurations to meet evolving distance-learning needs, and provide students and teachers with easy-to-use, TV-quality, multimedia educational tools.

"Optivision's market and product leadership in the streaming video marketplace made them the obvious choice for our new distance-learning initiative," said Stephen LaMarche, vice president of sales and marketing at VNCI. "We are extremely impressed with Optivision's MPEG-over-IP technology and their excellent support capabilities. By combining our unique products and approaches, we can now offer hybrid implementations capable of distributing superior video content over existing telephony and data networks in any organization or business sector."

Michael Liccardo, president and CEO of Optivision, added: "The convergence of VNCI's unique video-over-telephone wiring and Optivision's MPEG streaming video-over-WAN technologies will deliver significant performance and cost advantages in distance-learning applications. In addition, recent government funding in support of programs to enhance K-12 distance-learning initiatives should increase momentum for high-quality, streaming video content in the education market."

Optivision's interoperable, network-attached, streaming video components support both LAN and WAN industry standards, including IP/Ethernet, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet, and T1 network interface, offering a broad range of high-quality streaming video applications and ease-of-implementation in a variety of network environments.

About Video Network Communications, Inc.

Video Network Communications designs, develops and markets full motion, high-resolution video networking systems that offer video broadcast distribution, retrieval of stored video-on-demand and interpersonal video communications. The Company's patented technology enables its video network system to use the same wiring as the telephone to bring TV-quality video to desktops, meeting rooms, lobbies, operating rooms -- anywhere there is a phone jack. The Company's common stock and warrants are listed on The Nasdaq SmallCap Market under the symbols "VNCI" and "VNCIW" respectively. VNCI can be found at www.vnci.net.

About Optivision, Inc.

Optivision, Inc., a provider of networked streaming video, develops, manufactures and delivers MPEG network video products for high-quality video creation, management and distribution worldwide both directly and through leading industry partners. The Company's products are used in diverse applications such as distance learning, corporate training, video courier services, telemedicine, surveillance and visual collaboration. The Company is privately held and is headquartered in Palo Alto.

Optivision is located on the World Wide Web at http://www.optivision.com.

For more information, call 800/239-0600 or 650/354-8852.
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Date:Jun 1, 2000
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